The DEClaration 01.28

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It’s a new year and at DEC, we’re continuing our mission to break through the barriers to Independent Living.  Key to Independent Living can be employment, so we also make it our mission to advocate for equal employment opportunities for everyone.  We’ve found some interesting information for you this week including why hiring people with disabilities can boost your business’ success and a planning kit for disability employment.

As always if you’re looking for information or assistance, the DEC Employment Outreach Team can help.  Just call or email to get in touch.

Thank you,
Melissa Hawkins
Executive Director

Studies have shown that hiring workers with disabilities boosts business success.

“Some companies — large and small — consider hiring people with disabilities a good deed or charity work. Lewis, however, has a different perspective: He says it’s a smart business and financial decision.  We studied all the data…The performance was the same. The safety was better. [The distribution centers] had better retention; they had less turnover. We also found better culture across the company.”

Read more by clicking here.

Disability Employment First Planning Toolkit

“This toolkit aims to “make the best of limited resources, find and support businesses in their efforts to employ people with disabilities, make disability employment a part of the state workforce strategy, prepare youth with disabilities for careers that use their full potential, provide employers with a pipeline of skilled workers, and be a model employer by increasing the number of people with disabilities working in state government.

Get the toolkit by clicking here.

Disability at work

Our nation was founded on the principle that anyone who works hard should be able to get ahead in life. People with disabilities deserve to be able to work to achieve the American dream, just like anyone else. Companies like Walgreens, E.Y., AMC Theaters, Lowe’s and others have shown that employees with disabilities are loyal, successful and help them make more money. If we find the right jobs for the right people it can and does increase the bottom line of companies, while enabling people with disabilities to achieve dignity and independence.